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Crowd Out Chicago: Public Art Project

Modified: September 5, 2017

On the afternoon of October 1, 2017 in Millennium Park, more than 1,000 people from every ward of Chicago will come together to perform the American premiere of David Lang’s monumental performance piece, crowd out. You can be one of them - no musical experience required.

Attend any ONE of the four dress rehearsals happening throughout the city this September, where you can join the crowd out choir and learn this remarkable piece with other Chicagoans. By attending a dress rehearsal, you will officially be part of the US premiere choir for crowd out on October 1st. It's free and open to the public: all voices, all ages, and all experience levels are welcome!

SIGN UP to join the crowd by registering for the dress rehearsal nearest to you at www.crowdoutchicago.org/register/.


Dress Rehearsal Calendar:

  • Thursday, September 14, 5:30 pm: West Pullman Cultural Center (401 W 123rd St.)
  • Friday, September 22, 5:30 pm: Austin Town Hall Cultural Center (5610 W Lake St.)
  • Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am: The Hideout (1354 W Wabansia Ave.)
  • Tuesday, September 26, 5:30 pm: Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center (2500 W Lunt Ave)


crowd out, through music and spoken, whispered, and shouted words, explores the feeling of being part of something larger than yourself. Learn more about the piece, the larger project, and Illinois Humanities and Chicago Humanities Festival at www.crowdoutchicago.org.

Come learn the piece, meet your neighbors, and join the Chicago crowd out choir in this once-in-a-lifetime citywide experience.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, email Bindu Poroori at bindu.poroori@ilhumanities.org.

This project is hosted by Illinois Humanities and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Donald Nally, John W. Beattie Chair in Music and director of choral organizations at Northwestern University, is one of the conductors. 

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